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TMC files interim application in Meghalaya HC to derecognise NPP

Gokhale claimed that the NPP was de-recognized in 2015 by the Election Commission of India for the same default — i.e. non-filing of election expenditure statement in time.

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Shillong: An interim application has been filed on Thursday in the Meghalaya High Court seeking that the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) be de-recognized and its symbol withdrawn until the case filed by TMC National Spokesperson Saket Gokhale against the NPP’s non-filing of Meghalaya Elections, 2018 expenditure report is decided by the court.

“The interim application has been moved considering that the High Court will be in recess till January 27, 2023, by which time it is anticipated that elections to the Meghalaya Assembly 2022 will be notified,” Gokhale said. 

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Gokhale claimed that the NPP was de-recognized in 2015 by the Election Commission of India for the same default — i.e. non-filing of election expenditure statement in time.

Gokhale filed the case in the High Court seeking that the Election Commission (EC) be ordered to take action against NPP for non-filing of election expenditure statement for Meghalaya Assembly Elections, 2018.

“Under EC rules, election expenditure statements have to be filed within 75 days of conclusion of Assembly polls,” the TMC spokesperson said. 

“However, despite 3 notices being issued by the EC to the NPP over the last 4.5 years, the party has failed to submit its election expenditure statement till date in violation of EC rules & the judgment of Supreme Court.” the TMC Spokesperson said. 

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